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6, 2012

Television Programmes and Cultural Proximity:

A Panacea for

Violence in a Multi-Cultural Society

Idorenyin Akpan, [Corresponding Author] Communications and Multimedia Designs Program, The American University of Nigeria, Yola,NIGERIA E-mail: ; Phone No: +234 8038793678; 08023278343 Innocent Paschal Ihechu Department of Mass Communication Abia State University P.M.B.2000 Uturu,NIGERIA E-mail: Abstract Considering the prominence of television as a visual medium, this study sought to know the relationship between television programmes and cultural proximity as well as the appropriate ways to inculcate violence-free behaviour in the viewers through cultural based programmes. The symbolic interaction theory was used as a framework. The survey research design was adopted to collect quantitative data from 138 respondents. Qualitative data was gathered through the observation of the different television channels received in Abia state. It was discovered that a majority of the respondents get exposed to Western TV channels (which contain a lot of violence) more than the local ones. It was also found that infusing lifestyles that are peculiar to the local setting helps to create closeness between programmes and the viewers. It was therefore concluded that television programmes that are culturally close to the people help to reduce violence in the society by injecting moral virtues that eschew violence. to the rules; when they do, the programmes are adulterated with western values. Keywords: culture, proximity, television programmes, violence, behaviour. Finally it was recommended that NBC should strictly enforce the local content policy because presently, TV stations do not adhere

1.0 Introduction Each mass medium has unique characteristics, which places it at advantage over other media. qualities are usually harnessed during the production stages of the media productions. television is further extended with visual advantage over the radio. over the years as a prominent medium. Its qualities make people spend more hours watching television daily than they get exposed to any other medium. Based on this position, Ariyibi-Oke (2007, p.4) says it combines the use of light, colour, sound and motion...and it works. Despite the overwhelming attributes, however, if poorly produced, the audience may reject its programmes. Therefore, it is imperative for programme producers to apply rudimentary techniques at each level of programme The advantageous Then,

The broadcast media, for

instance, have a wide range of advantages over the print media. This is as a result of the sound component.

And it gives it the popularity it has garnered


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production. vision.

Corroborating, Okwulehie and Okugo (2004, p.6) state that: Broadcast media utilize sound and

Thus sound effects (opening of doors the hoot of an owl, the chirp of a bird, etc) and visual effects (angle The initiators may have strong This adversely affects the And this cannot be achieved The

shots, pan, dissolve, dolly, etc), especially for TV, are reflected in broadcast scripts. Most television programmes die because of poor technical and content qualities. viewership of such programmes. themes to project but the packaging of the programmes may not meet the expectations. programme production to enhance effective and purposeful influence on the audience.

It is therefore, necessary for all the elements of television to be applied during

without considering the cultural attributes of the programmes in relation to the expectations of the audience. And the audience rely on the producers for re-establishment of the cultural values. Nevertheless, television is a powerful socialising agent because of its attributes. p.258) submits that: Television remains (the) most time-consuming activity, next to sleeping, and it is the worlds main source of news and information. also the worlds most powerful sales tool. It is the medium through which politics is conducted, and it is humanitys main form of entertainment. It is

content and visuals are not supposed to derail from the cultural traits of the people for whom they are produced. Therefore, all they can do is to According to Dominick (2009, trust us; to trust our skills; our good judgement and above all, our good intentions (Zettl; 1973, p.9). p.239) television has become the dominant medium for news and entertainment. Corroborating, Rodman (2006,

Furthermore, Hanson (2005, p.256) states that in the past, people were limited to interacting with those whom they can see and hear face-to-face. But the coming of electronic media, and television in particular, changed this. That Television is to say, people equally interact with television. In essence, the above submissions are pointers to how powerful the television is as a socializing agent. has the ability to make or mar a society. content for specific purposes. exposed to; either in part or whole. other persuasive communications. Also, television has always adapted to changes in technology. sound. These changes enhance the quality of pictures and Moreover, advancement in technology has encouraged investment in the television industry because it And it all depends on how the producers are able to manipulate the

The medium has the capability to make the viewers replicate actions they got That is why television has become a very strong medium for advertising and

affords the opportunity for multiple channels with one frequency. To buttress this claim, broadcasting, according to Ocholi (2009) will be entirely digitized by 2015. Nigeria has set its switchover date for June, 2012. Further, Dominick (2009) says that digital television offers many advantages. The pictures are clearer with better sound quality. Moreover, it creates the ability to transmit multi-channels in a single frequency. Against these observations, it has become imperative to conduct a study to determine the ways television programmes that are culturally close to the people can help avert crime in the society. Nigeria is currently faced with cases concerned with issues of several categories of violence. The activities of the

Boko Haram are still giving Nigerian citizens sleepless nights in the Western and northern parts of the country. The activities of kidnappers in the South-East and some parts of South-South; and the activities of rival cult groups in Rivers State all amount to violence that could eat up the fabric of this entity called Nigeria. However, there are other varieties of violent activities, though not well pronounced, that create uncomfortable living conditions in the


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polity; including rape, assassination, street fight, armed robbery and other forms of decadent behaviours that can cause violence. It is pertinent to recall that the coming of NBC gave birth to private broadcasting and its eventual proliferation. in the country. It also marked the entrance and multiplicity of cable/satellite transmission and re-distribution stations With the coming of the international television channels, the viewing attitudes changed. Most One of the reasons behind the development At the end, it became a case of lets get it The notable broadcast

Nigerians preferred the foreign channels to the local television stations. could be the fact that most local stations imitate the foreign stations. firsthand from the original makers.

And this entails tuning in to the foreign stations.

television stations, satellite TV channels and satellite distributors available in Nigeria are as tabulated below. Table 1.1 : Notable broadcast, cable/satellite TV stations and distributors in Nigeria The list is endless. Suffice it to add that every state in the country has a television station; and each is popular in its state. Not left out is the NTAs newly launched terrestrial broadcasting outfit Star-Time. These stations put together, influence the audience in several ways. The traits come in four versions: All the cable/satellite stations come with alien cultural traits. One, the western orientation; two, the South American orientation which had been

influenced by the Western culture; three, the self-created version with Western orientation by Nigerian television; and four the South African version of the Western orientation. The last version, according to Omoera & Ibagere (2010), calls for concern. On the long run, the viewers are bombarded with programmes that tend to wash away local values thus making violence that is locally abhorred to become part of our heritage. ideology has eroded our consciousness as brothers keepers. indigenous alternatives. shabby. Imagine a situation where a father and or a But with globalization, viewers should have At the end of Thus, it mother will help the son, and, or daughter to cage a kidnap victim; that is to show that Western materialistic But when the local producers imitate the western counterparts, the programmes become

That makes the audience develop appetite for the palatable Western oriented programmes.

the day anything short of violent portrayals as a result of pursuit, acquisition and protection of material things is not acceptable. While the local cultural values dwindle, the Western aspects thrive cultural imperialism. shows how Nigeria television has become advocate of western culture including violent behaviours. Individuals hardly escape the portrayals of the television. If one is not exposed to the regular broadcast television; the cable/satellite television stares at one. Basically, African nay Nigerian culture does not condone violence. Also the two dominant religions in Nigeria Christianity and Islam preach peace and not violence. Therefore, television programmes that portray our cultural orientations and inclinations will go a long way to inculcate values that will dissuade citizens from engaging in violent behaviours. Hence, to what extent can television programmes be used to achieve cultural proximity so as to inculcate violent-free behaviour among viewers? Accordingly, this presentation will identify how television programmes can be used to create cultural closeness between the programme portrayals and the viewers behaviours, and, be used to prevent violence in the society. This study was conducted within the scope of media effects. visual medium with aural appeal shaped the focus of the study. Therefore, it focused on the approaches to producing In essence, the power of television as a However, the study concentrated on the perceptions programmes that rely on the cultures of the viewers to prevent violence. also ascertain whether cultural proximity can


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of viewers in Abia state with regards to televised programmes they got exposed to; and their expectations on how such programmes could be used to create cultural proximity that would check violence in the society. 2.0 Literature Review According to Udoakah (2000, p.45)Effective communication means message actualization that is, presenting message in ways which they can achieve what they are capable of achieving. packaged to capture and sustain attention. In this light, the form of any TV presentation encapsulates the essence of the presentation. That is to say that the form entails the ways they are To do this means that all ingredients necessary to make a production The structure in which the But it has to be palatable should be infused in it through a particular approach that is, its form. significant vision appears is what we call form (Akpan: 1987, p.93). Further, the form has to adapt to the context of the situation for which the production is engaged. take different forms. That is why there are different programmes on television. stated that different situations require different approaches and as such television productions about the situations And these programmes take different shapes which manifest as their forms. In the light of the above, Thorburn (2008, p.8) establishes that:

The physical realities of the TV environment, then help to explain its fundamental genre sitcom, family drama, courtroom drama, soap opera, medical show, all of which rely on dialogue and argument, psychological interaction, interior, intimate settings, close encounters, and so on. The import of the above submission is that programmes take genres forms to communicate certain message. However, the communication has to consider the situational demands of the issues it tackles. cultural attributes come into force. why Udoakah (2000, p, p.50) submits that: The attention-holding power of these forms derives from the ways the details about the messages to be communicated are selected, arranged, emphasised, contrasted, as well as creation of climax and resolution...when mass media messages are presented in this way, we go beyond message transmission to communication of messages. When we say communication of messages, we mean sharing of meaning and not mere information transfer. brings the issue of culture to the fore. According to Baran (2010, p.8): When we talk to our friends; Creation and maintenance of a more or less common culture occurs through communication, including mass communication. when a parent raises a child; when religious leaders instruct their followers; when teachers teach; when grandparents pass on recipes; when politicians campaign; when media professional produce content that we read, listen to, or watch, meaning is being shared and culture is being constructed and maintained. Corollary to the above, every television production considers the cultural implications of the issues being addressed by the programme forms. If a local television in Nigeria focuses on portraying American values instead of those of For instance, most western cultures are highly Nigeria; it will be an aesthetic misnomer, culture-wise. This To do this, the That is It is only when this is done that the form can be used to hold attention.


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individualistic whereas traditional other cultures... are much more collective (Adler, Proctor & Towne; 2005, p.61) like in Africa and to some extent, Asia. In this regard, programmes are expected to represent, portray and inculcate cultural values of the people who make up the viewers. Well manipulated, it will create aesthetic effects which will obviously contribute to the actual More often, the viewers depend on television to know how certain things are Then, if the producer is not conversant with the appreciation of the message contents.

done, like eating habits, public discussion methods and so on. expectation of the people.

eating culture, discussion culture, etc, he will be portraying some values extraordinarily different from the cultural On the long run, this will deter the supposed satisfaction that should accrue from exposure to such presentations. Throwing more light, Torres (2006, p.12) says television has a triple condition in contemporary daily life: as a regular practice, as a structuring or modelling tool of daily life and as a purveyor of content itself modelled from daily life. Corroborating, Obot (2009, p.48) submits that television is given credit for presenting reality... and other socio-political landmarks would definitely help the viewer to witness those event and retain them live in his memory. Suffice it to say, therefore, that cultural considerations play vital roles in programme production with regards to promoting anti-violence behaviours in the society. 2.1 Creating Cultural Proximity As pointed out earlier, television is a visual form and therefore, the production focuses on the manipulation of pictures. According to Dimmagio (1990, p.11) To write for television, you must think in pictures. absolutely crucial. to identify with the viewing masses. A good visual sense is Timing and rhythm are also important as well as your ability Certainly, if you have no sense of what the

viewing masses like or can identify with; your stories will not be marketable. Obviously, what the viewers can identify with is what will add values to their lives. That makes it imperative for

the producer to consider the elements that will make the production close to the cultural identities of the viewers. Corroborating, Adler et al (2005, p.74) state that each of us is a kind of playwright who creates roles that reflect how we want others to see us as well as performer who acts out those roles. products will be scenes in which the viewers mesh. In essence, the culture can among other things manifest in the way the set is made, the way the talents dress and the way they talk. These elements are given treatment so that they can become avenues to create cultural proximity. A sound cultural base in television There are several social problems in our country today that need to be corrected. 1987, p.94). When appropriately handled, the

production is needed to inject deserved values into programmes as corrective measures to the social ills (Akpan; At the end, the viewers will be made to identify with cultural portrayals that reinforce their cultural The question then becomes: How can these factors create cultural proximity? orientations and expectations. 2.2 Theoretical Framework The symbolic interaction theory would be appropriate in this study because the theory posits that communication occurs through the creation of shared significant symbols... mental event cannot be understood except in the context of social interaction (Anaeto, Onabanjo & Osifeso, 2008, p.138). The theory which has background in sociology was propounded by George Herbert Mead. (Littlejohn & Foss; 2008, p.82).


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Symbols help in the understanding of any communication engagement.

As such, television production is guided by

the meanings in the available symbols which are expected to help the audience appreciate the messages. These symbols are not just created; they come as a result of interaction which helps to determine the appropriate symbol for a particular communication. That interaction takes into consideration, appropriateness of cultural symbols so as to enhance the communication process. The appropriateness of cultural symbols depicts cultural proximity. On that note, Littlejohn & Foss (2008, p. 83) say that: Communicators do not just communicate with others and with social objects; they also communicate with themselves ... When making decisions about how to act toward a social object, we create what Khun calls a plan of action guided by attitudes or verbal statements that indicate the values toward which action will be directed. All these are guided by the manipulation of the symbolic elements in line with the audience knowledge about them. Corroborating, Anaeto et al (2008, p. 139) submit that: without symbols there would be no human interaction and no human society. In order to survive, the man must construct and live in a world of meaning, and social life can only proceed if members of a society largely share the meaning of symbols. From the foregoing, the only way to create cultural proximity through television production would be to aesthetically infuse the cultural aspects of a particular programme as it concerns the viewers for whom the messages are propagated. Corroborating, Baran (2010, p.14) posits that: Together we allow mass communication not only to occur but also to contribute to the creation and maintenance of culture... this means professionally and ethically creating and transmitting content...our responsibilities in mass communication process are to view the mass media as our cultural storytellers and to conceptualize mass communication as a cultural forum. For the above views to be realized there must be unity between the TV programmes and the culture of the people. This can be sustained by making sure that the inherent values are not foreign to the viewers. televised programmes. These values are the eventual symbolic manifestation of the interactions between the viewers and the messages emanating from the Therefore programmes that contain messages be them from news, entertainment, Again, there are discussion, etc that tend to abhor violence in African culture will help curtail the rate of violence. to create inhibitory effects on the viewers. interactions for the well being of the people. 3.0 Methodology The survey research design was employed to conduct this study; using the questionnaire as the data gathering instrument. The method became appropriate because it provided the opportunity for the opinions of the viewers to A combination of the cluster, purposive and available be taken as their perceptions about the subject matters.

punishments for violent behaviours in Africa and thus the programmes should contain the consequential punishments All these are cultural values that are symbolically passed on through

sampling techniques was used to select the television viewers studied in the three Senatorial Zones of Abia State. Their responses provided the quantitative data while observation of the television channels provided qualitative data. Both data were statistically and thematically analysed to answer the research questions and test the hypothesis. The


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sample size was arrived at through the formula: n= n= (z2) (pq) e
2 2

[where n = sample size; p = percentage of response; q = percentage of non response; e = margin of error; z = level of confidence] (0.05)2 = 138

(1.96) (90 x 10)

4.0 Data Presentation Out of the 138 copies of questionnaire distributed, 132 representing 96% of the total number were found usable for analysis. The first section of the questionnaire sought to know the demographic distribution of the respondents. The The result shows that the respondents are halved in terms of gender, that is, 66 (50%) males and 66 (50%) females. and 34; 37(28%) between 35 and44; while the remaining 22 or 17% are 45 years and above. 57 of them or 43% are students; 31% (41) are employed while 34 or 26% are unemployed. second section (study data) are as contained in the tables below. 4.1 Table I: Viewers exposure to TV channels The respondents were asked to indicate the television channels they get exposed to. 4.2 Table II: Violence content of TV programmes Further, the respondents were asked to rate television in terms of violence content. TV is average (24%); while the remaining 8% said the content is low. 4.3 Table III: TV programmes influence on violent behaviour On whether TV programmes have influence on violent behaviour, 64 or 49% of the respondents said they have high influence while 56(43%) said they have average influence. A minority (8%) said they have low influence. 4.4 Table IV: Modes of Creating Cultural Proximity with TV Programmes The respondents also submitted that cultural proximity can be created through the portrayal of local lifestyles (42%), dressing (31%), language (17%) and morality messages (23%). 4.5 Table V: Cultural proximity aids anti-violence behaviour Finally, the majority (102 or 77%) of the respondents submitted that programmes that are culturally close to the viewers will aid anti-violence behaviour in the society. However, 30 or 23% of them do not agree. 5.0 Discussions 5.1 Research Question One: How can television programmes create cultural proximity between content and behaviour of viewers? Question four sought to know the ways television programmes can be used to create cultural proximity. The responses (Table IV) show that creating programmes that contain lifestyles that are woven around the culture of the people counts. This could be from the observation that most of the channels the viewers get exposed to are foreign (Table I) and contain alien cultural traits that erode local cultures. For instance it has been noted that western lifestyle is materialistic and individualistic (Adler et al, 2005): thus the tendency for violence by their people. But Africa has collective culture which enhances the brothers keeper heritage. Further, the mode of dressing, language use and morality-packed messages can help to create closeness between The result shows that television has high (68%) content of violence. However, some respondents are of the opinion that the content of violence on A majority of 94 or 71% said they exposed to Western channels more as against the 38 or 29% that get exposed to Nigerian channels.

result further shows that 33 of the respondents (25%) are between the ages of 15 and 24; 40 (30%) are between 25 In terms of occupation, The results from the


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programmes and the viewers.

It has to be said that Western channels contain a lot of provocative dressing habits Then it leads to such violent behaviours as rape, molestation, harassment

which the viewers down here assimilate.

and so on. Therefore making TV presentations to contain responsible lifestyles and descent dressing habits as prescribed by local cultural values and using local languages will help viewers appreciate messages about morality. In turn there will be a close link between the programmes and the behaviour of viewers. 5.2 Research Question Two: Can cultural proximity be used to prevent violence in the society? Question five sought to know if cultural proximity aids the creation of violence-free society. The result (Table V) shows that it does (77%). That is to say that the portrayals of TV programmes currently contain a high level of But if programmes Also the programmes violence (Table II: 68%) which also influence the viewers to behave violently (Table III: 49%). consider our cultural heritage which forbids violence, the society will be the better for it. should be made to appeal to the audience so that they can identify with them.

In such ways, they will be inclined to

watch Nigerian against their current inclination to Western channels (Table I: 71%). Thus the second research question can be answered this way: Cultural proximity of television programmes will help prevent violence in the society. Finally, to test the hypothesis which states that: There is significant relationship between cultural proximity created by television programmes and violence free behaviour in a multi-cultural society; tables IV and V are cross-tabulated. 5.3 Table VI: Cross-tab of tables IV and V In the end, the calculated Chi-square value (X2) is 4.84 while the table (X2) value at 5 degree of freedom (df), and 0.05 level of significance () is 11.070. hypothesis is accepted. Therefore, since the calculated value is less than the critical value; the In relation to the postulation of the symbolic This is true because cultural closeness created by television programmes will help the

viewers identify with the cultural values that eschew violence. symbols the viewers can easily identify with. is paramount.

interaction theory, the lifestyles, modes of dressing, local language and morality messages are embedded in the Thus they will aid in social interaction of which averting of violence If television has the power to infuse violent traits in the viewers, it can also infuse violence-free traits.

The observed violent behaviour in the society today like kidnapping in Abia State, etc can be attributed somehow to violent portrayals of TV programmes: news, soap opera, sitcom, musicals, etc. It is so because there is low consideration of local cultural values even among the local stations. 6.0 Conclusion In the same vein television is a powerful medium because of its vision, sound and motion attributes. Therefore, it is a demonstrative medium and could be used to intimate viewers on certain ways of life. The ways of life of a people depict their culture. The cultural traits are encapsulated in the symbols as evidenced in language, eating habits, interactions (verbal and non-verbal) and other cultural values. It is therefore apt to say that a synergistic fusion of culture and television will help to inculcate desired cultural traits in the viewers. Furthermore, this will substantiate the provision of the symbolic interaction theory which postulates that communication will occur when shared significant symbols are created in the context of social interaction. Therefore, for any television production to be treated to enhance cultural proximity, the programme forms have to be culture based. of the viewers. This will only be made possible by treating the set, costume and language with cultural expectations It will further enhance the appreciation of the programmes while at the same time projecting and Finally, this piece will have to be

sustaining the cultural values of the people including avoidance of violence.


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concluded with the submission of Sado (2007, p.4) that:

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66 (50%) 66 (50%) 132 (100%)

66 (50%) 66 (50%) 132 (100%)

4(3%) 91 (68%) (8%)

66 (50%) 66 (50%) 132 (100%)

6(4%) 64 (49%) (8%)

Total 66 (50%) 66 (50%) 132 (100%)


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Table V Respondents Yes Males Females Total 56(42%) 46 (35%) 102 (77%) 10(8%) 20 (15%) 30 (23%) Response Categories No Total

66 (50%) 66 (50%) 132 (100%)

Table VI: Cross-tab of tables IV and V

Cultural Frequencies proximity violence-free behaviour

Yes No

Males 56

Females 46

Total 102 30 38 42 22 30 264

10 (15) 20 10 16

20 (15) 18 12 14

Modes of creating cultural proximity through with TV programmes

Lifestyle Dressing Language Morality Messages Total

20 (21)
(11) (15)

22 (21)
(11) (15)



X =4.84; X = 11.070; df = 5; = 0.05 Table 1.1: Notable broadcast, cable/satellite TV stations and distributors in Nigeria Broadcast Television NTA (network), AIT (network), MBI, Silverbird TV, DBN TV, Galaxy TV, Channels TV, etc. Satellite Television CNN, BBC, TRACE, SABC, Aljazeera, MTV Base, M-net, OSN Channel O, E ENTERTAINMENT, African Magic, Cine Afrik, FOX TV, etc. SKY TV, Cable/Satellite TV Distributors Trend TV, CTL, MCL, DSTV, My-TV, Hi-TV, PBS, DaarSat, NTA Star-Time (terrestrial) ,etc.


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